Deborah Ongley

Main Street, Beckley

Beckley Pre School scrounge: Some everyday and any unusual items for the pre-school. They are going to have an interest table, and so trying to acquire some items for this for the children to play with, explore and to see what they can do with them . Whether it be part of role play , counting , shapes , language , quantities , ICT, etc . They should be items you or anyone else you know no longer want . They need to be in good working order , not broken ( e.g sharp edges etc) and clean .

Here is a list of the sort of items we could use / need:

Wooden bowls,Wooden utensils / spoons Metal spoons of all sizes Metal saucepans, Bangles, Wooden kitchen towel holder / mug tree,Old mobile phones ( with the battery taken out ),Old film cameras, Shells, Pebbles, Keys and key rings,Old dial telephone

Please ask your friends , family , neighbours if they have any of these items lying around they no longer want or need.

Table Sale : Due to the success of the last table sale (indoor boot sale) they will be holding one on May 3rd. Tables will be £8 each and refreshments will be available on the day.. Also they are holding a craft fair just for craft stall holders these tables will be £12 each and can also be booked now. The date for craft fair will be Saturday 6th June. Welcome any donations to sell on a table for May 3rd for Beckley pre school.

Beckley Parish Council Needs you: THE DEADLINE IS 9 TH APRIL TO GET YOUR FORM IN FOR THE upcoming parish election. Application pack available now if your thinking of becoming a member of Beckley Parish Council. 01424 787825 Email Looking to be a New Parish Councillor to stand for election in May, Some Councillors feel they have done their stint, others can no longer give the time and commitment that they feel the PC deserves; The Chairman Bernard Baverstock, Vice Chair Clr Mrs Thomson,Clr Mr Bowler and Clr Mr Ron Juden have already stated they are standing down.

To be a councillor you need to either live, work or own property in Beckley, and you need to care enough about the village to be prepared to attend monthly meetings and do some homework on topics arising on the agenda such as planning applications, maintenance of council property, and solutions to village issues. The Council works as a team and needs a cross-section of the community; indeed it is best if all walks of life are represented, so do not be put off by stereotypes of what a Councillor should be like. The Council has legal and financial advisors available, and Councillors are eligible for free training sessions, so most people learn a lot as they go along. The Parish Clerk keeps the accounts, writes the Minutes and letters on behalf of the council and gives advice to new Councillors whenever asked.

Beckley, by virtue of its population size, has seven councillors. The best situation is when these people have been elected, as have all 7 of the present council; being elected gives a sense of confidence and security in the mandate from the village. If 7or less people stand they automatically become Councillors and the cost of an election is saved. If only 4 stand, those 4 can co-opt 3 other villagers to join them (request them to join); if less than 4 stand the village is likely to be administered by a neighboring council such as Peasmarsh.

Councillors are at the heart of decision making in the village and are kept informed by ESCC and RDC. They can bring new ideas to meetings and can allocate funds for projects that benefit a majority of the village. They represent the village in planning enquiries and keep in contact with local police, local organisations and Beckley School. Working with other Councillors to resolve a villager’s problem can be very rewarding and learning how to work within the limits of protocol can be quite stretching. Do please come and visit the Parish Council at the monthly meeting or contact the Parish Clerk or Rother 01424 787825

Sainbury’s active kids vouchers: If you shop at sainburys please collect the vouchers which are given to you at the till or online shopping. Beckley school and Pre school are collecting these vouchers.The schools will receive new sports equipment.Please just pop the vouchers in or pass them onto a parent.

Beckley Horticultural Spring Show: Saturday 18th April 2pm also Friends of Beckley coffee morning Tuesday 7th April.

Contact your Councillor: So that residents are aware they can contact our District Councillor Ian Jenkins via e mail. This will help the parish by giving you more immediate responses to questions or concerns.

Hall hire: Beckley Village Centre is available to hire. By people hiring and supporting fund raising events put on by the hall committee it will keep the hiring costs down. Why not book a Children’s party, wedding reception or conference. For further information on charges and hall bookings call Margaret Lenton 01797260420.

Beckley’s clubs, society’s, classes and groups held in the village hall. Why not join one today. Regular monthly Council Meetings held in the Village Centre’s SMALL HALL DOWN STAIRS. Every 2nd Wednesday in the month. Visit the website for Trefoil Guild now meet at 2pm - 4pm still on the 3rd Monday of the month, instead of 7.30 - 9.30pm. They find it suits more people especially in the winter months. Beckley computer club 07904 837 751. Beckley Park Cricket Club 01580 830245. Busy Bees (Beckley Baby and toodler Group)every Wednesday £2 per family (term time only). 9.15-11.15 free tea, coffee for parents. Free snacks for the children. Pilates every Wednesdays 1.30pm Sarah Lush 07769651899. Taekwondo every Wednesdays 4.30pm contact Petra Darvill 01233 330128. Beckley Trefoil Guild meets Third Monday of the month in the Small Hall at 7.30 . Brownies Thursday 6.30pm. Table Tennis every Thursday mornings old & new members welcome Carol Cobby 01797 252382. Yoga every Friday mornings contact Evelyn Lamb 260569. Friends of Beckley Church Coffee Morning 1st Tuesday 10.30am. WI 2nd Monday 7.30pm contact Ann Jones 260527. Village Lunch 2nd Thursday 12.30pm bookings Tony Bryant 260518. Beckley History Society contact Danny Rushbrooke on 253521 Dennis Ward 260313. Beckley horticultural society 01797 260232. Beckley players 01797 230572. Beckley bowls club 01797 252129. Beckley Rangers club chairman Phil Brain on 01797 260513 or secretary Peter Sands on 01424 882579.

Beckley Parish Church: Holy communion 8:00, Mattins or Eucharist 10:00 ( 2nd and 4th)

Beckley Gospel Church: Every Wednesday Bible study 7:00

Every week there is a list of the societies and groups in the village.

If you want me to put something is this column, please email it’s here from you, Whether it’s an upcoming event, information on a society this is your column.Please email me

Policing: PCSO Becky Unicombe is part of the local policing team for Rother Levels which includes Beckley. Should you see anything that you feel needs to be reported contact details are: Mobile 07810055744

Email Please keep your eyes open for anything. 2 chain saws taken from Hobbs lane last weekend and attempted break in,fly tipping along the lanes of Beckley,Also the notice board at Four Oaks bus stop seem to be getting spray painted.There will be a letter going to all the schools that pick up from this bus stop informing them of this graffiti.